Leah Keller, a Barstow High School graduate and former volleyball player, was in front of her apartment after getting locked out when she noticed someone sneaking up on her place.
"When I showed up to her apartment, I put my hood on and started walking up," said Barstow volleyball coach and Keller family friend Tammy Gregg. "When I got closer she recognized me and screamed `Mrs. Gregg.' She was crying and hugging me."
The history between Keller and Gregg goes back almost 10 years. Gregg coached Keller from the time she was in fourth grade through her senior year in high school. Keller was a member of the 2006 Barstow volleyball team that went 8-0 in Desert Sky League play, and reached the third round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
Following the Aztecs' record-setting season Keller received a scholarship to play volleyball for Bellevue University in Nebraska. It was there that Gregg caught up with Keller last weekend.
"The campus is amazing," Gregg said. "It's very high tech and clean. We spent a lot of time watching movies, eating, shopping and talking about volleyball. The shopping was probably the best day. We all love to shop."
During Gregg's visit she got to see Keller in action on the court. The Bruins swept Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals Oklahoma Wesleyan 3-0 on Saturday. Keller led her team with 11 kills in the game while also earning 10 blocks and five digs.
"It was amazing to see her playing," Gregg said. "I got to know her in volleyball and for it to go full circle with her getting a scholarship for volleyball is an amazing feeling. It was like old times talking volleyball and kind of having her look over at me and coaching her during the matches."

New Digs

Although the Barstow volleyball team fell 3-2 to Burroughs on Tuesday, they looked good doing it.
The team debuted brand new uniforms during the game. The team's previous uniforms consisted of a maroon jersey with black shorts. The new uniforms have stop-sign red jerseys with a black stripe on the side and shorts in opposing colors. The uniforms also have the players names above the numbers, a luxury that comes with the cost of the players buying their own uniforms.

Don't be a jerk

The Barstow girls tennis team didn't have the greatest season going when they traveled to Victorville last Tuesday.
The team was 0-3 in the DSL and had lost eight matches in a row. However, the Aztecs rebounded from the losses to earn their first DSL victory against the Jackrabbits. The match was tied at 9 sets each, but Barstow won the game count 71-66. After a long losing streak you would expect Barstow's girls to be excited and perhaps even gloat, but that didn't happen.
"It's very important to me that the girls don't just win, that's outstanding, but that they are good sports all around," Barstow coach Bill Warman said. "They need to have good character and work together in a positive way."
Following the match, as the Aztecs were boarding the bus to return home, a Jackrabbit player came up to Warman and told him that they were the best sports that she had ever faced. This isn't the first time Barstow has been recognized for their sportsmanship the team has regularly won the DSL sportsmanship award in recent years.
"That's what I like to hear," Warman said. "Even in a really tight and competitive situation they were showing what Barstow is all about."

Barstow sacks competition

The Barstow cross country team won the Division III Sweepstakes Championship at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational last Friday. Barstow's Jeremy Trujillo, who runs in the fifth spot for the Aztecs, had a faster time than all but four of the No. 2 runners from other schools. In addition to that Barstow finished seventh out of the 461 schools that competed at the invitational on Friday and Saturday, regardless of division.